Monday, October 05, 2009

NCL Spirit Fall 2009

I returned on Friday from a week of intense show installs on the NCL Spirit. There are three shows (2 of them brand new) going out there so this cast had their hands full. We all went out and for a week worked around the clock trying to get the shows up and running. Thanks to Jason, lighting designer from Nine Inch Nails, for the amazing light design. Thank you to Gavin who did the sound design. Thank you to all the wonderful costumers who came to the ship and worked so hard...Lee Ann, Rose and Julie. Thank you to Angi who was a fantastic production manager. Thank you to Paul--their very gracious and kind cruise director. And, thank you to Robert Hertenstein at NCL for his presence and keen eye.

The cast did an amazing job. Kudos to Jenna, Becca, Ryan, John M, John S, Tobin, Michael, Cass, Kristen, Jessica, Lauren, and Carlos.

The ship's itinerary was really beautiful--although none of us were able to get off the ship all week. We went from Boston to Maine, up to Nova Scotia, and around into Quebec City, CA.

The the end of the week as we celebrated the successful opening of both shows.

L-R: Robert Hertenstein (NCL Entertainment), The Spirit's stage manager, Rusty, Angi Weiss-Brandt-our production manager, Jason Bullock (lighting designer) and me.

Jessica, me, Cass, Lauren, and Ryan

We made these motor cycle fronts for the rock show. They were really cool! Great job, Gary Musick Scenic!

"Life in the Fast Lane" from Soul Rockin' Nights

Ryan--country section of "Soul Rockin' Nights"

Jenna--country section

Becca sings "Last Dance"

Ryan sings "Love the One You're With"

Pinball Wizard from Soul Rockin' Nights

The theater on board the Spirit

The cast also did a show called "On Broadway". It features sections from Mama Mia, Wicked, Movin' Out (the music of Billy Joel), Swing, and Hairspray. It's a fun show!

One of the difficult parts of show installs is not only working out the staging of the show, but also adding lights, sound and costumes. They were all very patient with their costume fittings. It can be very tedious but our costumers make it fun.

costumes for Mama Mia

Jenna and Becca as Glinda and Elphaba from "Wicked"

Jessica and Kristen in their "Wicked" costumes

singers...Becca, John, Ryan and Jenna in their "Swing" costumes

"Hairspray" costumes

Jenna, Becca, Jessica and Kristen showing some "Hairspray" attitude

Opener of "On Broadway"

rehearsal of "One Short Day" from "Wicked"


This was taken in Nova looked beautiful but cold. The deck was as close as I could get to land with our rehearsal schedule.

"Soul Rockin' Nights" opener

"Cloud Nine" from "Soul Rockin' Nights"

"Dance to the Music" from "Soul Rockin' Nights"--the cast was having a great time in rehearsal. This number in the actual show was really awesome and the audience loved it!

"Life in the Fast Lane" from SRN--these are the bikes from the earlier picture. Really cool.

"Fire and Rain" in SRN--John has seen some fire and rain in his own life. He is a great guy and his own experiences made this song really come to life in the show. And HOW had I never heard the real story behind James Taylor's "Fire and Rain"??

part of the Folk section of "Soul Rockin' Nights" rehearsal

Pinball Wizard..."Soul Rockin' Nights"

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